bacon press Substitutes: cast iron skillet

double boiler = bain marie Substitutes: set a heavy pot in a pan half-filled with water OR microwave oven (this is the preferred way to melt chocolate; use medium power)

iron pan = iron skillet Notes: Iron distributes heat evenly, but tends to rust. Iron cookware should be seasoned before use.
paraffin wax = canning wax = household wax = baker's wax Notes: Canners sometimes use this wax to seal jars, but it's hard to get a tight seal. It's safer and easier to use two-piece canning lids. Many grocers apply wax to fruits and vegetables to hold in moisture and make them shiny. Candy-makers sometimes use wax in their chocolates so that they hold up better in warm weather.

stainless steel cookware Substitutes: glass cookware OR enamel cookware (Warning: aluminum, copper, and iron cookware can react with acids in foods and alter their flavor and color)

steaming basket = steamer = SteaMarvel Notes: This fits inside pots of different sizes, and the petals open to accommodate vegetables, seafood, or whatever else you want to steam.

whisk Notes: A well-equipped kitchen will have several of these, in different sizes. Substitutes: electric mixer OR eggbeater OR fork